embedded world 2022: Building 20th Anniversary as a Landmark

This year marks the 20th edition of the embedded world conference. This is a noteworthy accomplishment and a concrete demonstration of the dynamism of the embedded systems community.

Embedded system design hub.

The embedded world conference took place for the first time at the Exhibition Center Nuremberg from Feb. 18–20, 2003. Year after year, decade after decade, embedded world has been the must-attend event to catch up with peers, look for solutions to design issues, and collect necessary information to develop embedded systems — software, firmware, and hardware — from specification to testing.

When the Covid-19 virus suddenly hit Europe in February 2020, it took everyone by surprise. Trade shows closed their doors in turn around the world, but embedded world 2020 held on. An avalanche of companies, including Infineon, Microchip, NXP Semiconductors, Renesas, Silicon Labs, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments, Toshiba, and Xilinx, canceled meetings at the last minute and left empty booths. Just because it was different did not mean it was lesser. The pace was less frantic, but exhibitors and visitors said they maximized their time and valuable investment.

The EE Times Europe team has covered the embedded world conference since its inception.

Indeed, 2003 was the year Christoph Hammerschmidt and I were hired to run the newly launched EETimes.de and EETimes.fr, respectively. Together with EETUK’s Peter Clarke, John Walko, and Colin Holland, we later formed the EE Times Europe gang. Searching the archives, an article in German popped up on Infineon’s announcement of the 16-bit microcontroller C164SV, intended for applications such as motor control in washing machines, and the two 32-bit microcontrollers TC1910 and TC1912, to be used in infotainment applications in cars.

2003 was also the year Tesla was founded, Nvidia acquired chipmaker MediaQ for US$70 million in cash, and AMD introduced its first 64-bit processor, the Athlon 64, and its first single-core Opteron processors.

On the cybersecurity front, the SQL Slammer worm struck in January 2003 and became the fastest-spreading worm after infecting hundreds of thousands of computers in less than three hours.

In the early 2000s, the European Union realized that the loss of the innovative edge in the areas of nanotechnology and embedded systems could seriously affect its economy. In March 2003, the European Commission presented to the European Council an action plan to “make Europe the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy by 2010.” The action plan sought to coordinate the research efforts of all member countries in the field of embedded technologies.

Twenty years have passed. Embedded systems have continuously increased in complexity, both in terms of computing power and interaction with their environment. Embedded designers have focused on system performance while reducing power consumption. And the EE Times Europe team will come out in force to the “#reunited — finally live again!” edition to discuss advances in key areas such as the IoT, wireless data transmission hardware, operating systems, software and system engineering, autonomous systems, safety and security, SoC design, embedded vision, and human-machine interaction.

Happy 20th anniversary!

Check out EE Times Europe’s embedded world 2020 coverage:

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